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New Jersey 21 at Oakland 34

1983 Week 14 - Saturday, June 4, 1983
Attendance: 32,908, TV: ESPN


Derrick Martin ends New Jersey's comeback bid.


OAKLAND - (AP) Fred Besana, leading passer In the United States Football League, got the best of No. 1 rusher Herschel Walker by firing three touchdown passes and leading the Oakland Invaders to a 34-21 victory over the New Jersey Generals Saturday night.

Oakland, 7-7, took the Pacific Division lead, moving ahead of Los Angeles which is 6-7 going into a Sunday game.

Walker took the league scoring lead, raising his season point total to 98 with two touchdown plunges and a 2-point conversion run. But the Generals' rookie fumbled the ball away on his first carry and was held to 72 yards on 21 carries.

Walker, the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner from Georgia, helped attract the Invaders' third best home crowd. There were 32,908 tickets sold. For the season. Walker has 1,545 yards rushing. His total yardage rushing and receiving is 2,007.

Besana completed 10 of his first 11 passes including touchdown tosses of 8 yards to Arthur Whittington and 24 to Raymond Chester. In the second half, he hit Wyatt Henderson on an 8-yard TD pass.

June 4, 1983
Oakland Invaders - 34
New Jersey Generals - 21
at Oakland Coliseum
32,908

New Jersey	6	0	8	7    --	21
Oakland		7	10	7	7    --	34

1st Quarter	OAK - Whittington 8 pass from Besana (Shea kick)
		NJ - Walker 2 run (kick failed)
2nd Quarter	OAK - Chester 24 pass from Besana (Shea kick)
		OAK - FG Shea 37
3rd Quarter	NJ - Walker 1 run (Walker run)
		OAK - Henderson 8 pass from Besana (Shea kick)
4th Quarter	NJ - Slawson 11 pass from Bradley (Betz kick)
		OAK - Martin 72 interception (Shea kick)

TEAM STATS:		NEW JERSEY	OAKLAND
First Downs		16		20
Rushes-yards		28-97		31-115
Passing yards		146		224
Return yards		183		161
Passes			14-34-3		23-32-1
Sacks by			4-27		3-19
Punts			3-31.7		4-40.3
Fumbles-lost		2-2		2-0
Penalties-yards		8-30		15-98
Time of possession		27:28		32:32

INDIVIDUAL STATS:
RUSHING = New Jersey: Walker 21-72, Carthon 2-15, Tullis 4-11, Knapple 1-(-1).  Oakland:
	Whittington 18-50, Henderson 1-21, Besana 2-17, Aldridge 4-15, Banks 1-5, 
	Holmes 3-4, Jackson 1-3, Talley 1-0.
PASSING = New Jersey: Knapple 9-24-2-103, Bradley 5-10-1-70.  Oakland: Besana 23-32-1-243.
RECEIVING = New Jersey: Walker 4-40, McConnaughey 3-58, Slawson 2-30, Carthon 2-13, Bowers
	2-13, Friede 1-19.  Oakland: Whittington 6-65, Chester 5-75, Henderson 5-40, 
	Banks 3-34, Aldridge 3-24, Holmes 1-5.
MISSED FIELD GOALS = none

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